Will wonders never cease.
New sources of commentary on Portland theatre are popping out of the hedge faster than Republican demands for more concessions.
The latest “discovery” (for me): 5 Useless Degrees & A Bottle of Scotch. These guys are priceless. I somehow missed the output of this intrepid duo (trio counting Haggis), which have been doing what they do for about a year now, until Barry Johnson’s piece on how much the Scotch-laden critics hated DETROIT at Portland Playhouse.
You’ve probably known about them for months. If you are not listening to these two in their weekly Thursday podcast, you are missing A LOT of fun. In a nutshell, James and Eric are two sharp, theatre savvy guys (those degrees) who see one play a week and then subject it to merciless dissection while under the influence of Scotch. Sounds fun to do, right? It’s even more fun to listen to.
And it is SUCH a needed blast of fresh air. With no involvement or investment in the theatre scene, these two simply talk and crack wise. Bit of a difference from the typical tiptoeing thru the tulips approach you’ll find in a lot of critical coverage. Instead of beating round the bush, the two detonate zingy one liners. Boom. Highly entertaining.
The stoic delivery, the palpable outrage, the bon mots – these guys have it all. And some weeks, it’s the best show in town.
So tune in and batten down the hatches.